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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…
I'm over on at Maine Crime Writers today talking about my other passion... Ghost Hunting! Check it out!



When my dear daughter was home from college I took the opportunity to have her take some new photos for me. I think she did a wonderful job!




Community

This is the picture that I posted on my Facebook page yesterday to honor my Irish roots. It was all in fun, but it also served another purpose. You see, I've had a friend has been really sick for the last week with the onset of Guillan-Barre Syndrome. It's a disorder when the bodies immune system mistakenly attacks the nervous system. Today, my longtime friend Kert lost his battle. The worst part is that it wasn't his first battle with it. He fought it 18 years ago and made it. Somehow, we all expected that this time would be the same. But despite the hope, we lost a good friend.

So why the pic? Because this was exactly what he would have done or liked. He would have enjoyed the sheer idiocy of it. So for him, I'm keeping my pic the same for the rest of the month. And for him, I'm going to talk about Community in writing.

You see, I come from a very small fishing community. The place itself is part of a larger town, but like most parts of Maine it is broken into …

A Cry for Help

I've been working hard on the revisions of Stealing Thunder and having a hard time with the ideology of the force that creates the backdrop for the storyline. My mind kept wandering back to an episode of Castle. The Scared To Death episode where he calls Wes Craven for help with a case. So far, I've replayed the clip multiple times and I think Mr. Craven just may help more than Castle get his butt out of this alive.



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Thoughts and Things

Last week was a very LONG week.

It started off with a trip to the hospital for a CT scan of my neck and ended with a houseful of teenage boys sleeping in all positions on my furniture. (BTW, the CT scan was fine.)

February may be a short month, but it feels tons longer here in Maine. Granted, we've had a lot less snow than my daughter is experiencing in Eastern Pennsylvania, but it's enough to make us feel as if it's never going to end.

Hubby is in heaven with the ice fishing. He's been ever weekend so far, but I'm not one to sit my cold butt on the ice. Give me a snuggly warm blanket and a coffee and let me curl up on the couch with my Kindle. Enough said there....

ABOUT THE WRITING
Total words last week: 298 (Stealing Souls) Yuck! But there were outside influences. (See above).

Speaking of Kindle, I ran a countdown promotion on OBSIDIAN and THREE TRUTHS last week. What is a countdown promotion? Well, I was wondering the same thing and after checking it out I came t…

A Very Good Deal!

I confess, while hubby and son are busy watching the Superbowl tomorrow I'm going to be writing or reading. Watching it on TV is just not my thing. Also, I work at a grocery store, so I know that tomorrow is going to be INSANE while people gear up for their munch-fests. But I know I can't be totally alone in my escape plan, and, since I figured this would be the case, I decided that it would be the perfect time for a Countdown Deal on OBSIDIAN and THREE TRUTHS.

How do Countdown Deals work? Amazon puts them on their Countdown Deal list for several days and the price goes from the lowest available to the current price. In the case of OBSIDIAN, the book is listed at 3.99 for Kindle Download. Starting tomorrow, Kindle will list the book at .99 for 24 hours. After that it goes to 1.99 for 24 hours and then on to 2.99 for 24 hours. I have the same deal set up for THREE TRUTHS, but for a 2-day sale since the listing price is 2.99.

I'll be interested to see what happens with the…

The Dark Side of Paranormal

I think it was sometime around 2009 that my interest in the Paranormal really took quite a turn for me. I'd been watching quite a few of those shows... you know which ones, and found that I really didn't mind the idea of going into a dark place in the middle of the night and looking for things that scare most rational people. But it wasn't until my love of local legends gave me a chance to become involved with a local Ghost Hunting group that I was able to put those thoughts to the test. What was I thinking? More than once on an investigation I found myself giving my brain a shake. But still, I loved it. I investigated with the group for about a year, but for anyone interested you need to understand that it is a major time commitment. And, if you are like me and work a retail job, you'll find that it's hard to get the hours right. I still investigate, mostly on a request basis. I've been called in on a few cases and done some digging of my own. Have I see any …

Grief in Storytelling

I'm hard at work on STEALING THUNDER. The number 2 book in the Darkness Paranormal series that I'm writing. As in STEALING DARKNESS, this book deals considerably with grief. It's a recurring theme for most of my work, mostly because of the truth of the emotion. InSTEALING DARKNESS, the grief is over an unseen loss and how it relates to her own inability to save someone. But in STEALING THUNDER, the grief has several avenues. The first is Graham's coming to terms with the loss of his mother, a loss he thought he dealt with long ago. For Grace, it's watching a friend slowing fading away. And for a little girl, it's dealing with the grief of watching her mother die and knowing there's no way to stop it.

People automatically think that grief is something that happens after death. But in fact, from the moment we realize the finality of a situation we are forced to deal with our own mortality, and the inevitability of loss. I've often heard people say that i…